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WILL OF FELIX G HANSFORD
Paint Creek Kanawha County West VA November 24th, 1866
I Felix G Hansford Sr of the county and state aforesaid knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being now of usual health and of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, to Wit:
1st I wish all just debts and funeral expenses to be paid out of any money belonging to my estate
2nd I give to my wife Sarah R Hansford all my estate both real and personal of every descriptions whatever during her natural life subject however to this condition that she shall make distribution as wherein after that is to say, I wish all my children to be made equal to wit: James Y Hansford, Martha Jane Smith, late Martha Jane Hansford, Sarah Y. Doddridge late Sarah Y Hansford, Felix G Hansford, Jr, Bettie Y Middleton late Betty Y Hansford and Philadelphia Hansford, and in order that my wife may make a just and equal distribution, and as I have advanced more, to my oldest Son James Y. Hansford, than to either of my other children, I hereby will that he be charged with my interest in the coal lands which he sold to P O Dandridge and others which I estimate at Fifteen hundred dollars and the coal lot I gave him on the N E side of the Kanawha river near Statons run at five hundred dollars, making in all two thousand dollars which shall be basis for distribution among my other children during the life time of my wife, or after, as the case may be,
3rd I also give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Jane Smith, the house and lot she now occupies including the bank of the branch that I bought of Dick Morris adjoining the same, and Lot being known as Number 27 in the Town of Clifton all of which I estimate at Twelve hundred dollars,
4th I give to my daughter Sally T Doddridge the lot upon which stands the "Clifton Stone House" and the lot adjoining know in part of said Town, as lots number 12 and 13 which said lots and stone house I estimate at Five hundred dollars.
5th I have given to my son Felix G. Hansford, Jr. one thousand dollars in cash and the house and lot in Clifton which he now occupies that I estimate at three hundred dollars making in all thirteen hundred dollars.
6th I have given my daughter Bettie Y Middleton four hundred dollars in cash.
7th I have given my daughter Philadelphia V Hansford eighteen hundred dollars in cash.
8th It is my will and direction that my five children, Martha Jane Smith, Sarah Y. Doddridge, Felix G Hansford, Jr. Bettie Y Middleton, and Philadelphia V. Hansford, shall be paid in cash, or property or both, as may best suit my wife, if in property or any part thereof, at a fair cash valuation, as much more as will make each one of them equal with oldest son James Y. Hansford.
9th I Will and direct that the residue of my estate, real and personal, shall at and after the death of my wife, be sold or equally divided, as a majority to my children, that may be the living shall elect, if divided or any part thereof, such parts or portions, shall be at a fair cash valuation, to be determined by disinterested persons which shall be final unless otherwise agreed upon, by a majority of my children.
10th I further will and desire that in order that the interest of my daughter Philadelphia V. Hansford, may be judiciously managed, and the better protected so long as she may remain unmarried. That James Y Hansford, Felix G Hansford, Jr. and James E. Middleton are hereby appointed trustees for and in her behalf, who shall receive her portion of my estate, that they shall have entire control of same, and that therefrom she shall be annually provided for by them as her necessities may require; and if my said daughter Philadelphia V Hansford should ever marry then the absolute control of her said portion of my estate shall be in her own hands, and the aforesaid trusteeship thereafter shall be null and void , But my said daughter Philadelphia V Hansford should be unmarried at the time of her death or being married at her death, leave no by that marriage then her portion of my estate, shall be equally divided among my other five children to wit; James Y. Hansford, Martha Jane Smith, Sally Y. Doddridge, Felix G. Hansford, Jr. and Betty F. Middleton
11th It is my will and direction that the aforesaid Trustees herein appointed shall not be required to give security for the discharge of the duties incumbent upon therein nor shall they receive any compensation for any services incident to their trust.
Lastly, In order to enable my wife to carry out the foregoing provisions herein specified she shall if necessary dispose of each of my estate, as she can best spare except the plantation on which she lives and the Mill Yrach.
In testimony whereof witness the following signature and seal.
Felix G. Hansford
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
Milton H. White
As a Circuit Court held for Kanawha County the 18th day of April, 1867
This paper writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Felix G. Hansford deceased was this day presented to the Court and proven by the oaths of Milton Hansford and Milton W. White two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded.
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